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by Caoimhín de Búrca
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 706
Views: 61886

Re: Chess history trivia

It should be added that in Ireland, if the tripled pawns are black, then white is morally obliged to push a pawn to meet them and immediately buy both players a pint of Guinness.


(May not be entirely true...!)
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 706
Views: 61886

Re: Chess history trivia

I think it specifically relates to two games involving the Irish player Éamon Keogh in that tournament.

The first game is here; the pawns arise at move 10. Miles then played Keogh in the next round and won, with his final move being to establish tripled pawns.
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 48148

Re: 4NCL Online

On a slightly separate note, the Junior 4NCL gets underway on Thursday, with player lists to be submitted by (I presume) Wednesday.

Will the fixtures be published tomorrow so?
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 48148

Re: 4NCL Online

Curiously, exactly the opposite outcome to the Junior 4NCL where the organisers seem to have expected an increase but actual entries were well down. I find the contrast puzzling, as I suspect do the organisers. Any theories? For what it's worth, from our point of view as a club that has teams in bo...
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 48148

Re: 4NCL Online

Yep, that was recommended to us alright as a result, though as a lot of the players were new to lichess, we didn't know you could do that at the time.

But yes, would definitely recommend to any junior teams to do that. (Though I can't remember how to do it now! :oops: )
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 48148

Re: 4NCL Online

Curiously, exactly the opposite outcome to the Junior 4NCL where the organisers seem to have expected an increase but actual entries were well down. I find the contrast puzzling, as I suspect do the organisers. Any theories? For what it's worth, from our point of view as a club that has teams in bo...
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 7022

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

Also, the pairing scheme used entailed, after the first 7 all-play-all rounds, teams playing counterpart teams from other groups. That created imbalances. Where, after 7 rounds, the first, second and [say] seventh seeds were in a three-way fight for the two quarter-final places, the seventh seed ha...
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 7022

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

The regular 4NCL's rules on subbing are simply the regular rules it has about team composition, together with a rule that you can't play twice in the same round, whether or not the round is stretched over more than one date. So that's basically what we had here then - you just have to be declared w...
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 7022

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

You're asking the wrong person there! It may be as simple as numbers exceeding expectations. I can't imagine it was considered that whole teams would have walked out. I thought the format was fine (though I don't understand why match points are used over game points in all-play-all groups, but again...
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 7022

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

If the ratings given in the results of the recent Finals are to be believed then the 1st season was already lopsided since the team that won Div. 4 had a higher average rating (2044) than the teams that were runners-up in Div. 3 (2021) & Div. 2 (2025). In the 2nd season any new or rejoining team wi...
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 7022

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

A win on board 4 means you lose on second tie-break - If the event of a drawn match, the tie will be broken using: a. The lower board count in the results between the teams which remain tied; b. The game points remaining after elimination of the bottom board or boards as necessary; c. The team with ...
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL online - some chess!!!
Replies: 83
Views: 7022

Re: 4NCL online - some chess!!!

Nick Burrows wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:04 pm
Why did Anglian Avengers default?
3 Smarties 1 Tube defaulted in Div 3 also.

A bit...unsatisfactory all told?
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 48148

Re: 4NCL Online

Yep. I should clarify that I think it's unlikely in this case, knowing the player. I know that's involves a leap of faith of course. (Actually, as an aside, I did see a player banned from lichess for cheating in ultrabullet (15 seconds) recently. He had evidently not only hooked an engine up to his ...
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 48148

Re: 4NCL Online

You've understood everything fine from what I can tell :) Mildly surprised at that if I'm honest! :) But it's good to hear! I suppose the background for my query is that we did have a player banned during the season when their account was marked as receiving computer assistance. It leaves me in a t...
by Caoimhín de Búrca
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 48148

Re: 4NCL Online

Bit of a long-time lurker first-time caller on this one, so hopefully this isn't repeating things which have been covered already! Just have a bit of interest in this though, so keen to set things out correctly in my head - so maybe feel free to correct anything in the below. The Lichess algorithm i...